SOM-03-02 Building Kingdom ValuesThis course will examine the biblical concept of Community and Kingdom Building. It will alsodiscuss practical ways to build and develop community within a group such as a church or cell- group.
Frodo and the others who made up the "fellowship of the ring" certainly shared many adventures together, but their partnership involved far more than simple companionship. Because of what they went through together, they came to know each other better and on a deeper level. They formed incredibly strong bonds of friendship; and they sacrificed much for one another, often enduring hardship and, in some instances, even death. - AllAboutGod.com“There is a yearning in the heart for peace.Because of the wounds, the rejections, we havereceived in past relationships, we are frightenedby the risks. In our fear we discount the dreamof authentic community as merely visionary.But there are rules by which people can comeback together, by which the old wounds arehealed.”– Foundation for Community Encouragement“In and through community lies the salvation ofthe world”1“Currently the church is not only not a Body of Christ, it is not a body, a community. It must be acommunity before it can serve as the Body of Christ.”2Christian fellowship is critical! Being in the company of people who think like you do is veryimportant to your growth & survival as a Christian. If you live in a church-wealthy community,you are likely to find that companionship. Most churches offer some kind of small groupexperience that you can become a part of. If you cant find satisfying fellowship at your church,its possible God wants to move you somewhere else.Definition of CommunityA group of 2 or more people who, regardless of the diversity of their backgrounds, have beenable to accept and transcend their differences, enabling them to communicate openly andeffectively, and to work together towards common goals, while having a sense of unusual safetywith one another. – Foundation for Community EncouragementA group of individuals who have learned how to communicate honestly with each other, whoserelationships go deeper than their masks of composure, and who have developed some1 M. Scott Peck, The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace (New York, NY: Simon &Schuster, Inc., 1987), 17.2 M. Scott Peck, The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace (New York, NY: Simon &Schuster, Inc., 1987), 300.
significant commitment to "rejoice together, mourn together," and to "delight in each other, makeothers conditions their own."3The idea of "community" has increasingly been expanded to include not just the place where onelives, but the web of relationships into which one is embedded. Work, school, voluntaryassociations, computer networks - all are communities, even though the members live quite farapart. – Alan AtkissonWhat kind of Community is the Church supposed to be?Key words GREEK KOINON- koinwn- METECHO metecw HEBREW CHBR rbxKey words – TagalogPagsasama-sama PagkakaisaMakipag-isa Makihati sa kanyang mga hirapPakikibahagi Pagkakabit-kabitinMagsama KasosyoPagkakataong makatulong Pagtangi-tangiinMaging bukas ang palad PapanigPakikipag-isa NagkakaisaMga kamanggagawa Ang mga kasama1) Fellowship with Christ & with Believers.2) Fellowship through Lord’s Supper.3) Fellowship with the Life of Christ. We share in the various events of the life of Jesus. a) His life i) Ro 6:8 – If we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. ii) 2Co 7:3 – Im not saying this to condemn you. Ive already told you that you are in our hearts so that we will live and die together. b) His suffering i) Ro 8:17 – If we are his children, we are also Gods heirs. If we share in Christs suffering in order to share his glory, we are heirs together with him. c) His crucifixion i) Ro 6:6 – We know that the person we used to be was crucified with him to put an end to sin in our bodies. Because of this we are no longer slaves to sin. ii) Ga 2:19 – When I tried to obey the laws standards, those laws killed me. As a result, I live in a relationship with God. I have been crucified with Christ.3 M. Scott Peck, The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace (New York, NY: Simon &Schuster, Inc., 1987).
d) His death i) 2Co 7:3 – Im not saying this to condemn you. Ive already told you that you are in our hearts so that we will live and die together. e) His burial i) Ro 6:4 – When we were baptized into his death, we were placed into the tomb with him. As Christ was brought back from death to life by the glorious power of the Father, so we, too, should live a new kind of life. ii) Col 2:12 – This happened when you were placed in the tomb with Christ through baptism. In baptism you were also brought back to life with Christ through faith in the power of God, who brought him back to life. f) His resurrection i) Col 2:12 – This happened when you were placed in the tomb with Christ through baptism. In baptism you were also brought back to life with Christ through faith in the power of God, who brought him back to life. ii) Col 3:1 – Since you were brought back to life with Christ, focus on the things that are above--where Christ holds the highest position. iii) Ep 2:6 – God has brought us back to life together with Christ Jesus and has given us a position in heaven with him. g) His new life i) Col 2:13 – You were once dead because of your failures and your uncircumcised corrupt nature. But God made you alive with Christ when he forgave all our failures. ii) Ep 2:5 – We were dead because of our failures, but he made us alive together with Christ. (It is Gods kindness that saved you.) h) His inheritance, suffering, & glory i) Ro 8:17 – If we are his children, we are also Gods heirs. If we share in Christs suffering in order to share his glory, we are heirs together with him. i) His reign i) 2Ti 2:12 – If we endure, we will rule with him. If we disown him, he will disown us.4) Fellowship with Christians. We also, of course, share in the community of Christ-followers spread throughout the world. a) Philemon 17 – If you think of me as your partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. b) 2Co 8:23 – If any questions are raised, remember that Titus is my partner and coworker to help you. The other men are representatives of the churches and bring glory to Christ. c) Ro 15:27 – These Macedonians and Greeks have shared the spiritual wealth of the Christians in Jerusalem. So they are obligated to use their earthly wealth to help them. d) Ro 15:26 – Because the believers in Macedonia and Greece owe a debt to the Christians in Jerusalem, they have decided to take up a collection for the poor among the Christians in Jerusalem. e) Ro 12:13 – Share what you have with Gods people who are in need. Be hospitable.5) Fellowship with God. Christians also share a special relationship with God, as evidenced by the following verses. a) 1Jo 1:3,6 – This is the life we have seen and heard. We are reporting about it to you also so that you, too, can have a relationship with us. Our relationship is with the Father and with
his Son Jesus Christ…. If we say, "We have a relationship with God" and yet live in the dark, were lying. We arent being truthful. b) 1Jo 1:3,7 – This is the life we have seen and heard. We are reporting about it to you also so that you, too, can have a relationship with us. Our relationship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ…. But if we live in the light in the same way that God is in the light, we have a relationship with each other. And the blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from every sin. c) 1Jo 3:24 – Those who obey Christs commandments live in God, and God lives in them. We know that he lives in us because he has given us the Spirit. d) 1Jo 4:13 – We know that we live in him and he lives in us because he has given us his Spirit. e) 1Jo 3:2 – Dear friends, now we are Gods children. What we will be isnt completely clear yet. We do know that when Christ appears we will be like him because we will see him as he is.koinwnia [KOINONIA] 1. W/ One Another (1Jo 1:3) This is the life we have seen and heard. We are reporting about it to you also so that you, too, can have a relationship with us. Yaong aming nakita at narinig ay siya rin naming ibinabalita sa inyo, upang kayo naman ay magkaroon ng pakikisama sa amin 2. W/ Jesus God faithfully keeps his promises. He called you to be partners with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. – 1Co 1:9 Ang Dios ay tapat, na sa pamamagitan niya ay tinawag kayo sa pakikisama ng kaniyang anak na si Jesucristo na Panginoon natin. – 1Co 1:9 Our relationship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. – 1Jo 1:3 at tayo ay may pakikisama sa Ama, at sa kaniyang Anak na si Jesucristo – 1Jo 1:3 3. W/ The Father Our relationship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. – 1Jo 1:3 at tayo ay may pakikisama sa Ama, at sa kaniyang Anak na si Jesucristo – 1Jo 1:3 4. W/ The Holy Spirit May the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all. – 2Co 13:14 Ang biyaya ng Panginoong Jesucristo, at ang pagibig ng Dios, at ang pakikipisan ng Espiritu Santo ay sumainyo nawang lahat. 5. Share Common belief The disciples were devoted to the teachings of the apostles, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. –Ac 2:42 At silay nagsipanatiling matibay sa turo ng mga apostol at sa pagsasamasama, sa pagpuputolputol ng tinapay at sa mga pananalangin. 6. Share NeedThey made an appeal to us, begging us to let them participate in the ministry of God’s kindnessto his holy people in Jerusalem. They did more than we had expected. 1st, they gave themselvesto the Lord & to us, since this was God’s will. This led us to urge Titus to finish his work ofGod’s kindness among you in the same way as he had already started it. Indeed, the more your
faith, your ability to speak, your knowledge, your dedication, and your love for us increase, themore we want you to participate in this work of God’s kindness. –2Co 8:1-15Alam ko ito sapagkat mahigpit nilang ipinakiusap sa amin na silay bigyan ng pagkakataongmakatulong sa mga kapatiran na taga-Jerusalem. At higit sa inaasahan namin, inilaan nila angkanilang sarili, una sa Panginoon, at pagkatapos, sa amin, ayon sa kalooban ng Diyos. Kayatpinakiusapan namin si Tito, dahil siya ang nagsimula ng gawaing ito, na kayoy tulungan niyahanggang sa malubos ang pagkakawanggawa ninyong ito. Subalit habang kayoy sumasaganasa pananampalataya, sa pagpapahayag, sa kaalaman, sa kasipagan, at sa inyong pag-ibig saamin,a sikapin din ninyong manguna sa pagkakawanggawa.Christian Fellowshipby Kevin Cauley – Berryville Church of Christ, Berryville Arkansas1 Corinthians 1:9-10God faithfully keeps his promises. He called you to be partners with his Son Jesus Christ ourLord. Brothers and sisters, I encourage all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to agreewith each other and not to split into opposing groups. I want you to be united in yourunderstanding and opinions.Tapat ang Diyos na tumawag sa inyo upang makipag-isa sa kanyang Anak na si Jesu-Cristo naating Panginoon. Mga kapatid, akoy nakikiusap sa inyo, sa pangalan ng ating PanginoongJesu-Cristo, magkaisa kayo at huwag magkabaha-bahagi maging sa isipan at maging salayunin. v11Sapagkat 1) The Christian is called unto the fellowship of Jesus. 2) Division destroys true Christian fellowship because fellowship involves the opposite of division. Fellowship (like unity) involves . . . a. Speaking the same thing. b. Being perfectly joined together. c. Having the same mind. d. Having the same judgment.Unity & FellowshipUnity & fellowship are very closely related. 1. Unity refers to the ideal. 2. Fellowship refers to the practical.I. Basis With whom can we have fellowship?1. God & HumansThis is the life we have seen & heard. We are reporting about it to you also so that you, too, canhave a relationship with us. Our relationship is with the Father & with his Son Jesus Christ … Ifwe say, “We have a relationship with God” & yet live in the dark, we’re lying. We aren’t being
truthful. But if we live in the light in the same way that God is in the light, we have a relationshipwith each other. – 1Jo 1:3-71. Diyos & TaoIpinapahayag nga namin sa inyo ang aming nakitat narinig upang makasama kayo sa amingpakikiisa sa Ama at sa kanyang Anak na si Jesu-Cristo. … ang Diyos ay ilaw at walanganumang kadiliman sa kanya. Kung sinasabi nating tayoy may pakikiisa sa kanya ngunitnamumuhay naman tayo sa kadiliman, nagsisinungaling tayo at hindi namumuhay ayon sakatotohanan. Ngunit kung namumuhay tayo ayon sa liwanag, gaya ng pananatili niya saliwanag, tayoy nagkakaisa ...2. Vertical Fellowship 1. Living in the light insures our fellowship w/ God. God is light, and there isn’t any darkness in him. If we say, “We have a relationship with God” and yet live in the dark, we’re lying. We aren’t being truthful. – 1Jo 1:5-6 …ang Diyos ay ilaw at walang anumang kadiliman sa kanya. v6Kung sinasabi nating tayoy may pakikiisa sa kanya ngunit namumuhay naman tayo sa kadiliman, nagsisinungaling tayo at hindi namumuhay ayon sa katotohanan. 2. God is light, & if we walk in the light, we walk with God.. 3. When we partake of the Lords Supper, we have fellowship w/ Christ’s body & blood When we bless the cup of blessing aren’t we sharing the blood of Christ? When we break the bread aren’t we sharing the body of Christ? – 1Co 10:16 Hindi bat ang pag-inom natin sa kopa ng pagpapala na ating ipinagpapasalamat ay pakikibahagi sa dugo ni Cristo? At ang pagkain natin ng tinapay na ating pinipira-piraso ay pakikibahagi naman sa kanyang katawan? 4. He wants the fellowship of the Holy Spirit to be upon all Christians "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen." – 2Co 13:14. Naway sumainyong lahat ang pagpapala ng Panginoong Jesu-Cristo, at ang pag-ibig ng Diyos, at ang pakikisama ng Espiritu Santo.3. Horizontal Fellowship 1. Fellowship w/ other Christians (horizontal) depends on fellowship w/ the HS (vertical) So then, as Christians, do you have any encouragement? Do you have any comfort from love? Do you have any spiritual relationships? Do you have any sympathy and compassion? Then fill me with joy by having the same attitude and the same love, living in harmony, and keeping one purpose in mind. – Php 2:1,2. 2. A glad reception of, & obedience to, the word was prerequisite to Christian fellowship. Those who accepted what Peter said were baptized. That day about 3,000 people were added to the group. – Acts 2:41.II. Benefits What should we get out of Christian fellowship?
1. Physical & Spiritual… kept meeting together, & they shared everything with each other. From time to time, they soldtheir property & other possessions & distributed the money to anyone who needed it. Thebelievers had a single purpose & went to the temple every day. They were joyful & humble asthey ate at each other’s homes & shared their food. At the same time, they praised God & had thegood will of all the people. Every day the Lord saved people, & they were added to the group. –Acts 2:44-47.2. Physical – SharingWe want you to know how God showed his kindness to the churches in …Macedonia. … theiroverflowing joy, along with their extreme poverty, has made them even more generous. … bytheir own free will they have given all they could, even more than they could afford. They madean appeal to us, begging us to let them participate in the ministry of God’s kindness to his holypeople in Jerusalem. They did more than we had expected. First, they gave themselves to theLord & to us, since this was God’s will. – 2Co 8:1-5.Because the believers in Macedonia and Greece owe a debt to the Christians in Jerusalem, theyhave decided to take up a collection for the poor among the Christians in Jerusalem. – Romans15:26.3. Spiritual-Support/Edification 2. We understand each other because we have a similar, precious faith From Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ. To those who have obtained a faith that is as valuable as ours, a faith based on the approval that comes from our God and Savior, Jesus Christ. – 2Pe 1:1. 3. Paul speaks of the spiritual support that the apostles gave him and Barnabas James, Cephas, & John …acknowledged that God had given me this special gift. So they shook hands with Barnabas & me, agreeing to be our partners. It was understood that we would work among the people who are not Jewish & they would work among Jewish people. – Ga 2:9.III. Barriers With whom can we not have fellowship?1. W/ Immoral ChristiansIn my letter to you I told you not to associate with people who continue to commit sexual sins. Ididn’t tell you that you could not have any contact with unbelievers who commit sexual sins, aregreedy, are dishonest, or worship false gods. If that were the case, you would have to leave thisworld. Now, what I meant was that you should not associate with people who call themselvesbrothers or sisters in the Christian faith but live in sexual sin, are greedy, worship false gods, useabusive language, get drunk, or are dishonest. Don’t eat with such people. After all, do I haveany business judging those who are outside the Christian faith ? Isn’t it your business to judgethose who are inside? God will judge those who are outside. Remove that wicked man fromamong you. – 1Co 5:9-13.2. W/ Unorthodox Christians
Brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we order you not to associate with anybeliever who doesn’t live a disciplined life and doesn’t follow the tradition you received from us.– 2Th 3:6.3. W/ One Who DividesBrothers and sisters, I urge you to watch out for those people who create divisions and who makeothers fall away from the Christian faith by teaching doctrine that is not the same as you havelearned. Stay away from them. – Ro 16:17.4. W/ UnbelieversStop forming inappropriate relationships w/ unbelievers. Can right & wrong be partners? Canlight have anything in common w/ darkness? Can Christ agree w/ the devil? Can a believer sharelife w/ an unbeliever? Can God’s temple contain false gods? Clearly, we are the temple of theliving God. As God said, “I will live & walk among them. I will be their God, & they will be mypeople.” The Lord says, “Get away from unbelievers. Separate yourselves from them. Havenothing to do w/ anything unclean. Then I will welcome you.”– 2Co 6:14-18.5. W/ Any Work of DarknessHave nothing to do with the useless works that darkness produces. Instead, expose them for whatthey are. – Eph 5:11.CONCLUSION:Christian fellowship is the practical application of the attitudes & actions which are unique to theChristian relationship
KOINONIA – BASIS IN UNION WITH CHRIST (Eph. 1). INDUCTION INTO HIS BODY For example, the body is one unit and yet has many parts. As all the parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 1 Cor. 12:12. SPIRITUAL UNITY WITH ONE ANOTHER (Eph. 4) – indissoluble as the Trinity. CALLED TO EXPERENTIAL UNITY I pray that all of these people continue to have unity in the way that you, Father, are in me and I am in you. I pray that they may be united with us so that the world will believe that you have sent me. Jn 17:21. KOINONIA – Community COMMON INHERITANCE (What we share In together) COOPERATIVE SERVICE (What we share Out together) RECIPROCAL RESPONSIBILITY (What we share With one another) John Stott KOINONIA – Principles IN MATTERS ESSENTIAL − UNITY IN MATTERS NON-ESSENTIAL − LIBERTY IN ALL OTHER MATTERS − CHARITYPrinciples of Community (The Different Drum) Extraordinary respect Inclusiveness Power of vulnerability Authenticity Willingness to empty Use of silence Mystery. Inclusive. Individual differences are celebrated. Soft individualism, rather than rugged individualism, can flourish. Realistic and multi-dimensional. Each member is free to experience his or her own facet of reality. Facilitates healing once its members stop trying to heal or fix one another. Reflective, contemplative, and introspective.. Members can fight gracefully. Group of all leaders who share equal responsibility for and commitment to maintaining its spirit. Highly effective work group. Ideal consensual decision making body. Wide range of gifts and talents is celebrated.. Stage 1: Pseudo-Community Dont do or say anything that might offend someone else
If someone offends, annoys, or irritates you, act as if nothing has happened & pretend not to be bothered If there is disagreement, change the subject as quickly & smoothly as possible. Stage 2: Chaos Try to …• Erase all Differences• Fix, heal, & convert others to conform• Be Noisy, uncreative, & unconstructive• Form Sub-groups• Organise by saying, “Do it my way!”• Resist Leadership Stage 3: Emptying/Emptiness• More reflective• Vulnerability, openness• Most feared, but most crucial stage• Emptying of barriers to communication• “I” statements• More silence, risking, deep listening• Many little “deaths” – letting go• Without emptiness, no room for the spirit. What to empty?• Expectations & preconceptions• Prejudices• Need to fix, heal, convert, solve, give advice• Need to control• Ideology, theology, solutions Stage 4: Community• Soft quietness• Peace• Acceptance• Dynamic leadership, productivity• Pain AND joy• Palpable sense of spirit• Playfulness• Graceful “fighting”. Community Building Stages1. Pseudo-Community2. Chaos
3. Emptying/Emptiness 4. CommunityCommunity MaintenanceTension will be experienced as communities struggle tomaintain: • Size • Structure • Authority • Inclusivity • Intensity • Commitment • Individuality • Task definition • Ritual4 Task-Avoidance Assumptions • Flight • Fight • Pairing • DependenceFlight • a tendency to flee from troublesome issues & problems • Scapegoating is a task avoidance assumption of flight • Group attempts to flee into organization [Chaos] • ignoring emotional pain. • “The group has apparently not learned to listen to its members pain.” • “One of the things emptiness means is to shut up long enough – to be empty long enough – to digest what someone has just said. Whenever someone says something painful, the group runs away from it into noisiness.”. Predominates during chaos.Pairing Alliances, conscious or unconscious, between two or more members are highly likely to interfere with the groups mature development. – Whispering – Romancing – Alliance for defenseDependency • The most devastating to community development and the most difficult to deal with. • A community cannot exist if the members depend upon a leader to lecture them or carry their load. • Each one of us has no more and no less responsibility than any other for the success of our work together.
• All instructions to the contrary, groups rapidly slip into the task avoidance assumption of dependency.Consensus is a group decision Which some may not feel is the best decision but which they can all live with, support, & commit themselves to not undermine; • Arrived at without voting, • The issues are fully aired, • All feel they have been adequately heard, • Everyone has equal power & responsibility, • Everyone has different degrees of influence • Individual stubbornness or charisma are avoided, So that all are satisfied with the process.Consensus • The process requires the members to be – emotionally present & engaged; – Maging totoo in a loving, mutually respectful manner; – sensitive to each other; – selfless, dispassionate, & capable of emptying themselves; – possessing an awareness of both people & time, including • knowing when the solution is satisfactory, and • that it is time to stop and not re-open the discussion until such time that the group determines a need for revision."Suggestions for Implementing • Proselytizing is a form of fixing and will create resistance. You cannot convert someone to a desire for community in their lives. • Others will become aware of the effect more by how you behave toward them than by what you say. One way to avoid proselytizing is to wait until you have fully integrated your community building experience before trying to share it. Take steps to keep community alive: 1. Reflect on the experience & listen to your inner voice; 2. Begin putting into practice what you have learned during the event; 3. Engage in community building wherever it feels appropriate. 4. Create a supportive environment for yourself. 5. Start an ongoing community group. 6. Attend another community building event to re-experience community with a different group so your understanding of the community building process will deepen..EVALUATIONWhere is your church in the 4 Stages of Community Building? 1. Pseudo-Community 2. Chaos 3. Emptying/Emptiness
4. Community • Inclusive. • Realistic & multi-dimensional. • Facilitates healing. • Reflective & introspective • Members can fight gracefully.Guidelines 4 Comm. Building • The task is to experience sense of community • Experiential – adventure into the unknown • Facilitators are guides • Speak personally – “I” statements avoid generalities. • Be inclusive – avoid exclusivity • Be emotionally present • Participation can be verbal or non verbal • Express dislikes in the group • Speak when moved, don’t speak when not moved • Commitment to “hang in” • Respect confidentiality.